man - format and display the on-line manual pages

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Easy way to restore your MANPATH

I was attempting to add the man pages for my texlive distribution today when I accidentally did this: $ MANPATH=MANPATH:/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/doc/man $ export MANPATH ...when I meant this: ...
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Understand synopsis in manpage

I have not being able to understand the synopsis in manpage of a command. For example, let's see the manpage of man itself. By man man: SYNOPSIS man [-C file] [-d] [-D] ...
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missing man pages of some commands

Typing man alias gives me No manual entry for alias The same thing goes for export and eval. At first I thought it only happens to shell built-in commands but man echo gives me the man page. ...
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Why do 'man' pages have many extra lines?

When I run the command: man fork There is a highlight line at the bottom that reads: Manual page fork(2) line 52/99 (END) But when I navigate to line 53 and up to 99, these are just blank ...
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How to disable styling on man pages?

Is there an easy way to turn off all styling on man pages? Colors, bold, italics, everything... If not, what is an uneasy way?
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No manual page for regex in section 3 - where is it?

I found What do the numbers in a man page mean? which explains the sections for command/library documentation quite nicely, and I was looking at the output for man regex and noticed the See Also ...
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What does the name of the unix command apropos mean?

Apropos is a tool to search the headers of the man pages for a string. What does the name apropos mean?
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What is the meaning of the number part of man pages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? As in the "(1)" in git-svn(1)
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What tools allow me to present man pages as formatted HTML on a web server?

What tools exist to make man pages available on a system available via HTTP and link topics together such that references in the SEE ALSO sections and elsewhere will become hyperlinks in the HTML ...
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`man ascii` is misaligned when using vim as a pager

To use Vim as a pager for man I have export MANPAGER="/usr/share/vim/vim73/macros/manpager.sh" in my profile. Now man pages look very good with colors and stuff. However, when trying man ascii as a ...
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Colored man pages not working on gentoo

I have a problem using these methods to get colors in my man pages in gentoo. I've asked already in the gentoo forums but it still doesn't work, and the comments in a bug report (Bug 184604) don't ...
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How can I add man page entries for my own power tools?

I have no idea about how I can make my home-grown specialist scripts (written mostly in Bash and Perl) available through the man pages. What procedure would I have to follow, and is there a ...
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Why does `man -k cron` say `vixie-cron (rpm)` for some results, and how do I read those pages?

I'm trying to find out some details regarding cron and /etc/cron.d/ on a RedHat system. Ironically, my answer is viewable within the vixie-cron-*.src.rpm for this package, but the the man pages for ...
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What format does man use?

A piece of software wants to know for its configuration whether my man uses nroff or vt100 "catman" pages. How do I determine this?
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Any alternative of “man -a” on UNIX?

man -a <xyz> opens all the man pages one by one which contain xyz. On my unix servers man -a <xyz> doesn't work. Is there any alternative for this on unix? EDIT: I am on HP-UX. Following ...
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Writing a makefile to install manual pages for a library

If I have a C library, let's say "apple", and "apple" contains functions "banana" and "carrot", how do I write the "install" line in the makefile so that "man banana" brings up the manual page for the ...
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Why do some commands have man pages and other commands use --help?

Wouldn't it be more consistent if one of these always worked?